Baked Pasta

This baked pasta dish is a simple meal you can quickly make and serve any day of the week.

Baked Pasta

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Ingredients

  • 1 pound imported conchiglie rigate (shells)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped canned tomatoes in heavy puree
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (1 1/2 ounces), plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup coarsely shredded fontina (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola (1 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup very thinly sliced scallion, for garnish
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 4 minutes. Drain in a colander.

  2. While pasta is cooking, combine cream, tomatoes, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, fontina, Gorgonzola, ricotta, 1/4 teaspoon salt and basil in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add to cheese mixture and toss to combine.

  3. Divide among 6 to 8 individual, shallow, ceramic gratin dishes (1 1/2 to 2 cup capacity). Dot with butter and bake until bubbly and brown on top, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano and scallions. Serve immediately.

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